My Life as a Fitness Freak – IIFYM

photo by Justin Durner

photo by Justin Durner

Many of you who know me well (or at least follow me on social media) know that I am all about fitness and health.  I exercise regularly and eat a balanced diet and I feel good.  As a musician, it’s just a fact that looks do matter when you’re constantly in the eye of the public.  As a personal trainer, I have to practice what I preach.  My current program consists of exercising 4 days a week for about an hour each day.  I’ve learned the hard way that rest is an important part of any fitness program, which is why I don’t go overboard with my training.  Down the road, I’ll post more details about workout routines and break-down things like proper form and technique.  For now, I’d like to discuss nutrition because you just can’t work off a bad diet.  It is SO important.  Not only is a balanced diet crucial for your overall health and exercise performance, it is the key ingredient for dropping body fat and building muscle.

As a trainer, most of my education is exercise.  So, my knowledge of nutrition has been learned over the years.  Some of it is trial and error and some has been directly from the pros.  I recently prepped for a photo shoot with my friend and pro photographer, Justin Durner.  We went to high school together and I’d been keeping up with his instagram feed (@justin_durner).  His photography is simply amazing and tends to lean towards sports and fitness.  So, I thought I’d show some Baltimore love and shoot some photos of me wearing Under Armour clothing.  We had some fun blending fitness with street style fashion.  I’ll be using some of the photos from that shoot for upcoming blog posts.

To prep for the shoot, I reached out to Brooke Erickson, a professional fitness figure competitor.  Much like most figure and bodybuilding competitors, she follows a macro lifestyle, aka “flexible dieting”.  You basically figure out the number of daily fats, carbs, and proteins your body needs, based on your goal (fat loss, maintain, or build).  You can eat whatever you want, as long as you stay within your targets.  The hardest part – you MUST track everything!  I use an app on my phone called My Macros+.  The best part of following this lifestyle is keeping up with the community.  There’s a group on Facebook, called IIFYM and I’ve seen some amazing transformations by following this lifestyle!  It’s important to get all the nutrients your body needs by eating your standard fruits, veggies, grains, meats, poultry, and seafood.  That being said, the number one reason why most people fail to stick with healthy eating habits is because, let’s face it… cookies, cakes, and chips taste better!  So, with flexible dieting, you can eat those things if you want to, as long as you stay within your daily macros.

Want to find our your daily macros?  Use this calculator and start tracking: http://www.iifym.com/iifym-calculator

Got questions for me about diet and exercise?  Reply below! 🙂

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